DWI – On 4-7-19 at 12:51 AM. on Route 53 near John Read Middle School.
As a result of a routine motor vehicle stop the following arrest was made.
Arrested: Melissa Grandinetti DOB: 5-19-70 (48) Address: Hickok Avenue Bethel, Ct. Charges: Operating Under the Influence and Failure to Drive Right ( Left of center line) Bond: $50.00 Cash / Released to friend) Court Date: 4-18-19 / Danbury
Untimely Death – Great Meadow Road on 4-05-19 at 4:41 PM.
A woman from East Marion, NY reported that she had not heard from her 71 year old cousin, who lived on Great Meadow Road since February. Police met her at the residence for a welfare check.
With her permission, responding officers forcibly entered the residence and they found Bruce Roensch deceased in the dining room.
Medical Examiner’s Office personnel responded and will be conducting an Autopsy to determine the cause of death. Under Investigation.
REDDING, CT, March 26 – Jack Powers gave
writing advice combined with encouragement and humor to a group of Joel
Barlow juniors on Tuesday. Powers spoke at a special reception at Joel
Barlow High School to recognize the 47 juniors who scored “Commendable”
or higher on their Junior Writing Portfolios. He recognized the students
for their writing achievement and challenged them to continue to hone
their writing skills throughout their lives. Powers along with his Joel
Barlow Writing Center co-director and fellow Joel Barlow English
Teacher, Tim Huminski, presented the students with certificates of
accomplishment in recognition of their hard work, and raffled off books
about the art and craft of writing.
Now in its 26th year, the Junior Writing Portfolio is an
integral part of the Joel Barlow curriculum, and completion of the
portfolio at an “Effective” level is a graduation requirement. In the
fall of junior year, Joel Barlow students compile five pieces of their
writing in categories including creative, formal analysis and personal
narrative. In the spring, a team of Barlow teachers and other
educational professionals assesses the portfolios and assigns scores on a
scale of 1 to 6. “Commendable” indicates a score of 5 and a score of 6
is deemed “Exemplary.” Select portions of these portfolios will serve as
models in the Writing Center’s annual publication, Standouts, which will be distributed to all upcoming juniors in the fall.
Tim Huminski welcomed the students and introduced his colleague, Jack
Powers. Powers gave the students advice on improving their writing
skills and delighted the group with selections from his book of poems, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar.
Powers told the students that “ ‘Write what you know’ is terrible
advice or at least only half good. Instead start with what you know and
imagine the rest.”
Jack Powers has taught at Joel Barlow High School for 38 years. He
teaches special education English, and math; co-directs the Writing
Center; and is a peer practice coach. Powers is the author of Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar. He has won the 2015 and 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contests, and he was a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 Rattle Poetry Prizes. Powers has published over 80 poems in more than forty journals including Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Barrow Street, Cortland Review. His essays have appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere. Powers was the 2005 CCTE Connecticut Poet of the Year and 2008 NEATE Poet of the Year.
Huminski and Powers thanked the JBHS PTSA for its generous purchase of
the classic paperbacks awarded to each student as well as the books
given as raffle prizes.
Sophia Danuszar and Gabriella Johnston were each awarded a certificate for their “Exemplary” Junior Writing Portfolios.
Students receiving “Commendable” scores were Tabitha Aime, Erik
Areklett, Simon Castonguay, Emily Cavaliere, Annalie Ciolino, Melissa
Colasante, Gregory Coleman, Michael Cruz, David Cusick, Grace Doremus,
Olivia Fassman, Julia Gjelaj, Crina Gutu, Elia Hafen, Elizabeth Herman,
Colin Holm-Hansen, Olivia Houlahan, Kyleigh Keyes, Sage Khanna, Alex
Klein Wassink, Dylan Leone, Kathryn Liu, Catherine MacDonald, Grace
MacDonald, Kathryn Matsuoka, Madeleine McHale, Sean McHale, Zoe Newbolt,
Owen O’Reilly, James Porter, Colby Powers, Schuyler Rae Pritchard, Eric
Raut, Thomas Richetelli, Samantha Romaniello, Zachary Shortt, Caroline
Spear, William Sutton, Ekaterina Taylor-Yeremeeva, Sarah Tedawes, Robert
Tremont, Luke Wergeles, Caroline Wexler, Buster Whaley, and Sara
In addition, 140 juniors received the passing score of “Effective,” and
14 students will work with the Writing Center to revise and resubmit
left: Jack Powers, reads a selected poem from his book, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar.
right: Jack Powers as the guest speaker for the Junior Writing Portfolio Reception that
honors students for their writing achievement. Photos by Melanie Mason
Aquarion Water Company Offers Free Fishing Permits
for the Unemployed, Active Military, and Veterans
BRIDGEPORT, CONN. – April 1, 2019 – Aquarion Water Company will again be
issuing free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of
18, veteran, or active duty service member.
On Thursday, April 4 and Thursday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
anglers can obtain a free fishing permit by going to Aquarion’s
Aspetuck Environmental Center at 714 Black Rock Road in Easton.
Anglers should bring a valid Connecticut fishing license and official proof of unemployment or a military ID/DD Form 214.
Once issued, fishing is open along designated shorelines of Aquarion’s
Saugatuck Reservoir in Weston, the Far Mill Reservoir in Shelton, and
the West Pequonnock Reservoir in Monroe.
For more information about the company’s fishing program please visit www.aquarionwater.com/fishing.
About Aquarion Water Company:
Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more
than 625,000 people in 52 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as
well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the
largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven
largest in the U.S. Based in Bridgeport, CT, it has been in the public
water supply business since 1857. Across its operations, Aquarion
strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist
the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices. Aquarion
Water Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource.
For more information on Aquarion Water Company, please visit www.aquarionwater.com or www.facebook.com/aquarionwater.